Touch Of Gray, Little Red Rooster, Cold Rain & Snow, Mama Tried, Big River, Brown Eyed Women, Desolation Row, When Push Comes To Shove, The Music Never Stopped Bertha, Greatest Story Ever Told, It Must Have Been The Roses, Samson & Delilah, Terrapin Station, Drums, I Need A Miracle, Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad, Stella Blue, Turn On Your Love Light, E: Black Muddy River
Master Soundboard Cassette> DAT> CDR; EAC'ed/SHN'ed & Seeded to Etree by Scott Clugston; also to abgd via Charlie Connor
July 12, 2005 Subject:
Decent distractions but denied ? Destiny
Hopefully, my outlook on reviewing these shows, and general mood will improve. In addition, I hope the inspiration causing them to book a plethora of Cali shows throughout June will lead to greater inspiration and more energized, urgent playing.
1st Set: Well, I'm in a brighter mood, but this version shows the boys attempting to get their bearings. Odd bee buzz around 3:00. "Rosster" cawws its way in with Jerry in charge of providing interest; that is, til Brent exhausts his anger belittling that Rooster as 'not meaning shit to him.' A somewhat rarely heard "Cold Rain" follows. It's fine, and well-harmonized but lacks the volatile rocking resilient infuriation that marks the best versions. "Mama" and "River" are standard sounding '87 versions. "Brown" has a nice pace to it, and keeps the early evening brisk. Typical pretty, sympathetic "Desolation" with Bobby throwing in some enjoyably cheesy vocal flourishes. "Push" is "Push." It's been awhile since a 'Music,' let's see how it holds up...Ehhhh, it's fine, but not monumental, by a long shot...aka our (blah) erratic rhythm section
2nd Set: Well, "Bertha" sure is a light tho cheerful way to open proceedings. It's energy is really only average. "Greatest" is a good call as these guys are not ready for a heavy-hitter. "Roses" is nice an all... "Sampson" keeps the boogeying nice and unconfrontational. (snooze to repetitive '87 sound)"Terrapin is well-sung, but doesn't acheive any real power til the transitional point. "Drums" is fine, while I found "Space" more hautning than usual. "Miracle" is nothing more than fine. WE go straight into a decent rocking "GDTRFB" where Jerry gets to get out his C. Berry jones. The previous reviewer is dead on, everyone's on the same page for a terrific "Stella." Not the moodiest, nor the lonliest, but everyone's energies are crackling and there's palpable tension because of it. "Lovelight" is loose and fluffy, short but fun.
We encore with "Black" that always carreis an air of finality about it.
2 1/2 show rounded to three because any show at this venue is always a wonderful experience.
July 3, 2005 Subject:
Don't miss this Stella folks, truly one of the best. Jerry absolutely nails it.
May 26, 2005 Subject:
A bit of confusion with the sound in the first set I remembr that it was a bit "quiet" great 2nd set opener a great funky friday. Always a bit of weirdness with the nightfall only on friday night. Great sound quality incredible many compliments once again. Plus Terrapin at the greek!